Not the real Sister Dorothy but close!
Do you know Sister Dorothy? If you’re a Catholic grade school survivor, I bet you had a teacher just like her. The one who keeps the whole class after school because no one passed the math test. The one who smacked your hand with a ruler when you didn’t get your piano scales right. (Oh? Was that just me? Never mind.) Snippy, foreboding and just plain nasty, Sr. Dorothy was not high on my list of motivational teachers.
Which is why I found myself rather surprised that I resonate so strongly with the work of Caroline Myss. Well known in the field of energy medicine (she learned early on that she was a medical intuitive – able to detect illness in someone’s energy field), Dr. Myss has moved even more strongly into the spiritual arena in the past ten years with her books Sacred Contracts and Entering the Castle. All her books are well-researched and she’s somehow capable of bringing really big concepts down into understandable language.
She also does not suffer (spiritual) fools gladly. Placing blame on your parents, your friend who was mean to you once or anywhere else but sqarely on yourself will earn you a sharp rebuke from her. Sharp enough to intimidate and put off some of those who have listened to her audio books, even. Not me, though. I revel in her tone of voice, sharp and pointy though it can be.
Perhaps it has to do with my interest in the subject. Even if I had an amazing algebra teacher, I wouldn’t have cared to learn more. But on the topic of spiritual growth – I thirst to learn and to do and to be the very best I can in this lifetime. I don’t fear that growth, regardless of where it takes me, and so I think someone urging me to really look at the things I don’t want to see feels good to me in some weird way. Maybe it’s the way a good coach urges you to push through the pain to get to your potential. They can see the potential that you cannot. And so they call it forth from you.
Unlike the lovely and talented Sister Dorothy, Carolyn Myss calls forth that potential from me. But that’s probably because I was ready to bring that part of me out into the sunlight and look at it. I’ve spent years only looking at certain patterns in my life and running from the others. I did not want to take responsibilty for my choices and their (often unintended) consequences. And I deluded myself into thinking that much of what Myss said didn’t apply to me. I’m not an addict or someone whose life is running off the rails, after all. A comfortable life isn’t ripe for introspection. It’s when it all falls apart that we are forced to say “What the hell is going on and how can I fix this?”. At those times, a stern teacher may be just what helps you through the muck.
It’s my greatest wish to work with Dr. Myss in person someday. In fact, there’s a week long workshop in October and again in February 2011 that features up close and personal time with her. It has my name (if not my checkbook – OY!) written on it. Am I ready to stand in the light of her sharp tone and no-nonsense gaze? Am I doing all I can to look at my own life and make the needed changes? I’m definitely more prepared to do that now more than ever.
(You can see Dr. Myss in action here on her video page: http://www.myss.com/CMED/workshops/master_class1010/ – lots of good, free videos to watch and learn from. And she’s not quite as stern in them!)
What about you? Tell me about the stern teacher in your life.
(Special love and thanks to my fairy godmother, Jody, for her encouragement and guidance on this post. I wish you could all have a cheerleader like her because she rocks in a million ways!)
As the first chapter in an on-going series, I’d like to share some stories about my experience as a budding intuitive. Like my mom before me, I had these "vibes" and learned (the hard way, alas) to follow them. Once I got the understanding of what it meant to be clairaudient and clairsentient, I worked on bringing that skill to another level and enrolled in Sancta Sophia Seminary.
In 2008, I took a class in Advanced Intuitive Development. It was a week long course where a group of students honed their skills through lecture and experiential work, giving intuitive readings to others.
One of the most interesting aspects of that week was the practice of giving readings while seated, then standing close, then standing a bit further away and finally, standing ten or more feet away from the other person. It was fascinating to me to see how the flow of energy changed from a seated position to a standing position. It was as if my whole body could pull in information and process it.
But I digress.
The culmination of the week’s work was giving what’s called "platform readings" where you stand before an audience and share what intuitive guidance comes through you for specific individuals. I have done many readings face-to-face, many more via email but never before had I stood in front of a group and just sort of winged it. And while I trust my skills beyond measure, I had a wee bit ‘o the nerves hit me before I got up on the platform.
What would you life look like a month from now if you just gave just one percent more effort to the things you do every day? This was a question posed by comedian/actor/all-around interesting guy Hal Sparks to those of us hanging out on his Saturday afternoon webcam show. And it got me thinking. How can I do the things I do in my daily life just one percent better than I did before?
Hal is a catalyst – something (or in this case, someone) that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected and I’m always amazed at what I come away with from listening to him. He challenges my perceptions of things and my beliefs and does it all the while making me laugh (at him AND myself).
So, back to Hal’s question: How would your life change if you gave just one percent more effort?
I’m writing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the site and thought this was pretty important.
Q: How often should I get a reading?
A: I will say as often as you feel drawn to getting one with this (pretty large) caveat: DO SOMETHING with the information you are given. Many times, we ask for help, are given that help and perhaps it didn’t come in the way we expected it to so we disregard it. And we keep asking. And keep getting help. And keep putting it to the side.
There is no benefit to you from the readings if you are not willing to put in the work on your part with what is given to you.
Perhaps a little bit of explanation might be helpful. I have known people who love to gather psychic or spiritual information as if they were picking apples off a tree. Get the apple, look at it a bit, put it in your pocket and go on your way. Heck, I have been that person! I love to get readings to see not only what comes through but how the reader brings it through as well. (I’m a fan of the process.) Sometimes, I didn’t pay attention to the messages because they didn’t resonate with me for whatever reason. Sometimes, I wrote the information down and planned to come back to it later. But there have been many times I didn’t really pay attention to what came through and just blew it off. I think that’s pretty common so if you do this, don’t feel like you’re the only one. You are definitely not alone.
What often comes through in a reading (mine or someone else’s) is a call to action. You are seeking answers because there are things in your life that aren’t working for you. Maybe you don’t know what, exactly, isn’t working but you know something’s not right.
Me? I like the kind of guidance where they tell me everything is peachy, list the 47 reasons it’s all happening, that it will turn out okay and to my liking. And I’m sure you can guess how many times that’s the case, right? :)
What I’m given, though, are actions I need to take to shift the energies around. And, of course, it’s an action I already know I should take but don’t really want to. Maybe I’m scared to stand up for myself, or fear looking like a fool. Maybe it’s ending a friendship I hang onto even though I know it’s past time to let go.
The Guides are really just telling me what I already know but don’t want to do. So, I have done what was easiest for me and blown off the action part. And nothing in my life changed. No energy was moved, no resolutions were had. I just got some information, much as you would if you opened a book, and read a few paragraphs. Just information.
Without action, that’s all it is. Information. So your Guides, your Aunt Nellie and your best friend can tell you the same thing until they are blue in the face. But if you choose not to act, nothing will change. I know it’s hard to do some of the things we are called to do. I totally get it. I was the Queen of gathering information so I could store it all up in my head and use it maybe later. Or not. But I loved the information.
Which made it doubly hard for me to take that information and turn it into action. Then – and only then – did I see things start to move and shift in my life.
And that’s part of how Practically Intuitive came to be – I realized my own habit of just getting information and not doing anything with it. Even further, when doing readings for others early on, I got a lot of information about Spirit Guides – their names, their traits, what kinds of things they helped us with. And one day my friend came to me and said "Well, this is all nice. Now, what am I supposed to do with it?" and at that very moment, you could have seen the light bulb go on over my head. That’s when I began asking the Guides to give practical information and steps so that if one chose to shift the energies and were committed to doing so, they’d have some actual, concrete steps on the path.
I say CHOOSE because it is always your decision whether to gather information for a "that’s nice" reading or commit to acting (in whatever way that happens) on the information. It’s like thinking about making a cake vs. getting up off the couch and actually making the cake. At the end, you either have a cake or you don’t.
Getting a chance to hear from your Guides is pretty cool, I think. And if you don’t do anything with what they tell you, there is NO JUDGEMENT on their part at all. (Trust me. I know this from experience!)
But the rewards for stepping up and doing the work are immense. (I know this one from experience, too!)
** Next time we will talk about what it means to "do the work". Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone who has donated to the National Brain Tumor Society through my Readings for Hope fundraiser. We are close to the goal of $400 and I’m thrilled about that.
JUST ADDED: Phone readings – one hour where you get to talk with your Guides and ask them anything you want (a $75 value) now just $50.
May 31st is the last day the readings are available for the discounted price of $20 (for donation instructions, click on the link above). You can always “bank” a reading (donate now and schedule a reading later) or gift it to someone. Email me to discuss details: practicallyintuitive[at]gmail.com.
Thanks again to all who donated. You give me great joy.
I have always enjoyed getting readings from other intuitives just to see what comes through for me. And I find that if you are open to the idea that you always -always- get what you need in that moment from each reading, amazing information comes through.
Speaking of which, I subscribe to a newsletter from Melanie at Ask Angels and in her latest issue, she offered a specially priced introductory channeled reading in MP3 format. Melanie is a naturally gifted channel who works with the Archangels Metatron, Michael, Uriel and Azrael. Given my natural curiosity about her work and what might come through for me, I jumped on the offer.
What a lovely surprise to get my reading just now – an eight minute message from Archangel Metatron. The question I posed to her was this: “What is my next step at this time?” and the response, of course, answered that pretty specifically. Beyond the words, though, I could feel the high vibration her voice carried through. It was full of light and love. I can describe it no other way.
And this is really what a good reading does for someone – fills them with light and joy and hopefully encourages them on to their next step. Even if the information is not quite what you wanted to hear, trust that it is what you *need* at this time. I have a pretty clear channel to my own guides and yet, there are still times when I like to hear the information from a different perspective. If I am guided by my intuition to engage a reader, I do it because I know (and trust) that they will be bringing me something I need to hear and in a way that I can take it in.
As a fellow intuitive and channeler, I encourage you to check out Melanie’s site and perhaps sign up for the newsletter. There’s a lot of information, channelings and it’s really pretty just to look at – the colors and the energy are so peaceful. I am adding her on to my links page which will have other intuitives and teachers that I’ve either worked with personally or from whom I’ve had a reading and feel good about recommending them.